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Dana F. White
Dana White headshot.jpg
Born(1969-07-28) July 28, 1969 (age 44)


Manchester, CT, U.S.
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada
NationalityAmerican
OccupationPresident of UFC
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Spouse(s)Anne
Children3
Dana White (born July 28, 1969) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and the President of mixed martial arts organization the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

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    Early life

    Dana Frederick White Jr was born to Dana White Sr and June White on July 28, 1969 in Manchester, Connecticut. Dana and his sister Kelly were raised by his mother and her family the majority of his childhood.

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (2002–present)

    While working as a manager for Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell, White learned that Semaphore Entertainment Group, the parent company of the UFC, was looking for a buyer for the UFC. White contacted childhood friend Lorenzo Fertitta, an executive at Station Casinos, and a former commissioner of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Within a month, Lorenzo and his older brother Frank bought the UFC, with White installed as its president. White currently owns 9% of Zuffa, LLC, the entity the Fertitta brothers created to own and manage the UFC.

    Personal life

    Prior to becoming president of the UFC, White was an amateur boxer and Boxing trainer. He is an atheist.

    In May 2012, White revealed that he had been diagnosed with Ménière's disease after an injury in a street Fight. The UFC on Fuel TV 3: "Korean Zombie vs. Poirier" event was to be the first he had missed in 11 years with White staying home as per doctors orders. White is undergoing Orthokine treatment for Ménière's disease which he says has greatly reduced his symptoms from the disease.

    Feuds

    Randy Couture

    White and former UFC light heavyweight and heavyweight champion Randy Couture have had some controversy. White stated in an interview that he has "no respect for Couture, not even a little. The only time when he's ever a man is when he steps in that cage." He stated that Couture "Lied to me, not even to my face, not over the phone, but through text" about Couture doing a deal with Spike and Bellator.

    Charity

    In December 2010, White donated $50,000 to the Francisco Espinoza foundation. White donated approximately $8,000 to help pay for the brain tumor treatment of two-year-old British girl, Ruby Owen. The young girl's family had described themselves as being "shocked and over the moon". Ruby Owen's uncle, being a UFC fan had contacted White via email and asked if he could help by donating to the Ruby Owen fund raising website. White and Owen have never officially met. He gave $300 to one man who said that he "just received a speeding ticket while racing across town to meet him". Shortly after being named 2009 Nevada Sportsman of the Year, White added $100,000 from his pocket to the $250,000 total raised for the fund raising marathon sponsored by ESPN Radio 1100 for Las Vegas.

    Accomplishments

    • Nevada Sportsman of the Year (2009)
    • Wrestling Observer Newsletter Awards
      • Promoter of the Year (2005–2012/present)
    • World MMA Awards
      • Leading Man of the Year 2012
      • Leading Man of the Year 2011
      • Leading Man of the Year 2010
    • Armed Forces Foundation
      • Patriot Award
    Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_White )
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